Dope

Dope

Book - 2006
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A raw, explosive, genre-bending tour de force destined for comparison with Kate Atkinson's Case Histories and Jonathan Lethem's Motherless Brooklyn .

Josephine Flannigan should be dead by now. From an overdose, or a cop's bullet, or run down in some back alley. But after a childhood in Hell's Kitchen and a lifetime on drugs, by 1950 she's finally cleaned up her act and gotten out of trouble-or so she thinks.

Things start to look up for Josephine when a suburban couple offers her $1000 to help find their daughter, a Barnard student who's disappeared into the dark subculture of heroin addiction. But nothing is as simple as it seems. Joe's journey back into a world she thought she'd left behind becomes more vertiginous at every turn-a harrowing descent into deceit and manipulation that makes it impossible to distinguish friend from foe, and leads her to a choice that will haunt her to the end of her days.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2006.
ISBN: 9780399153457
0399153454
Characteristics: 243 p. ; 19 cm.

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JCLGreggW Apr 27, 2013

A great readalike for fans of Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and Megan Abbott (Queenpin), Sara Gran's DOPE is a slim volume that packs quite a punch. Set in the 1950s, Josephine Flannigan is an ex-heroin addict and small-time grifter living on the streets of New York City. She's hired by the parents of a missing girl to track down their daughter who has disappeared into the black hole of addiction that Joe herself just recently emerged from. Searching the back alleys of the grimy NYC underworld, Joe must confront all the devils that she thought was behind her. A great, but dark, book that fans of noir will enjoy.

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Csorofty
Jan 04, 2013

great read with a twist at the end

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